In this blog  portion of my Capstone project, I analyze the most ubiquitous feature of Dhaka’s urban food system: the tea stall. The tea stall plays a wide variety of roles in Dhaka, ranging from providing low-cost nutrition to contesting the construction and occupation of public space.

Part 2 provides an ethnographic study of the tea stall from 3 perspectives: 1) The Tea Stall (contestation of public space); 2) The Tea Seller (tea selling as a livelihood strategy); and 3) The Tea Drinker (food security and the social practice of ‘adda’.

The written blog component is complimented with the recording of my conversation with Kazi Fatah, program head of BRAC Urban Development Program in my next blog (part 3). 

Kip Tea Stall